After this, Alyssa got her first taste of a DC traffic jam; it took several hours and a thunderstorm to get us back to Fairfax.
Day 2: Hiking in Harper's Ferry, WV / MD
Harper's Ferry is a little Civil War town at the crossroads of West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. It is where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers converge, and is the only point where all three states can be seen at the same time. The town itself is in West Virginia, right along the Appalachian Trail, with the popular Maryland Heights Trail physically in Maryland, not West Virginia as popularly thought (it's in the name, people!).
Alyssa had seen the pictures of this hike from several other trips of mine, and wanted to go to "the bird hike," which I am just now noticing I never blogged - one time I went, I photographed from above a variety of birds circling the cliff face - it's a perspective not often seen with bird pictures. The cliff face itself is ~650 feet above water, and less than 1/4 mile from the West Virginia Shore directly, but the height makes for crazy perspectives especially when paired with 400mm lenses even at f/8.
Harper's Ferry also is home to several active and defunct rail lines. Because of the frequent rail activity, Harper's Ferry is a popular location for train spotters, both on the peak and at different points below.
We went on a damp day, and the greenery was in full bloom!